Marital Rights

The Court in Loving v. Virginia (1967), recognizing a fundamental right to marriage, invalidated a state statute that forbid interracial marriage. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that “[t]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”

Inside Marital Rights